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Monique Polak


Monique Polak has a gift for knowing how to write socially charged issues for young adult readers. On the Game was inspired by a group of Quebec City girls from seemingly ordinary families who were recruited as prostitutes. Polak uses her skills as a freelance journalist and experience as a teacher to put together books such as Scarred, about a young woman who cuts herself and is based on some of her CEGEP students’ confessions of self-mutilation. In 2005 and 2006, she won three awards for three separate books, from both The American and Canadian Children’s Book Centres and the American Library Association. In 2009, the Quebec Writers’ Federation awarded the Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature for What World Is Left, a book based on her mother’s experience as a Holocaust survivor. (PF)